New Zealand baffled by new COVID-19 cases, eyes frozen-food packaging

Enlarge / WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 13: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks with media at a COVID-19 briefing on August 13, 2020. COVID-19 restrictions have been reintroduced across New Zealand after four new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Auckland. Auckland has been placed in Level 3 lockdown for three days from Wednesday, August 12, with all residents to work from home unless they are essential workers and all schools and childcare … [Read more...]

Russia rushes to distribute its untested COVID-19 vaccine, “Sputnik V”

Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on August 11, 2020. Russia has developed the first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11. (credit: Getty | ALEXEY NIKOLSKY) Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia is the first … [Read more...]

Massive Salmonella outbreak sweeps US, Canada. Nearly 900 sickened so far

Enlarge / Red onions have been fingered as the likely culprit. (credit: Getty | Thomas Trutschel) An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tainted onions has mushroomed in North America. So far, the outbreak has sickened 879 people, hospitalizing 114 across 43 US states and seven Canadian provinces. The US Food and Drug Administration traced the outbreak back to red onions produced by Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, … [Read more...]

With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

Enlarge / Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020. (credit: Getty | CHANDAN KHANNA) As the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncontrolled in much of the United States, a new study finds that almost half of low-income areas are gravely unprepared to treat severe cases of COVID-19, hinting at higher … [Read more...]

First cruises to set sail post COVID-19 abruptly canceled due to outbreak

Enlarge / View of an iceberg and the Hurtigruten hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen on Half Moon island, Antarctica on November 09, 2019. (credit: Getty | JOHAN ORDONEZ) At least 36 crew members and five passengers of the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, have tested positive for COVID-19. Four of the infected crew members have been hospitalized and hundreds of passengers are in quarantine, awaiting test results. MS Roald … [Read more...]

As COVID-19 rages around the globe, other infectious diseases shrink away

Enlarge / A masked pedestrian crosses an empty street at a usually busy intersection in the Central Business District on February 3, 2020, in Beijing, China. (credit: Getty | Keven Frayer) Reports of influenza and a host of other infectious diseases have plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic has driven people into lockdowns. In many places, social distancing measures aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus may be smothering the spread … [Read more...]